Largest exhibit collection ever
Contemporary art quilts form the famed John Walsh Collection make Museum debut
September 12, 2014 – The fall exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange will feature a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime display of contemporary art quilts from one of the country’s most renowned privately-held fabric art collections in “Art Quilts from the John M. Walsh III Collection.”
The exhibit features 54 works, the largest number of the Collection’s quilts ever shown in one venue at the same time. The exhibit is on display from October 2-December 21. Museum Curator Dr. Sandra Sider and Mr. Walsh will lead a gallery talk and Q&A session on Saturday, October 4, from 4:30-6 p.m. Admission is free.
Rio Hondo by Katie Pasquini Masopust, 40" X 60"
“The Texas Quilt Museum’s blockbuster exhibition from John M. Walsh III is a world-class collection of contemporary quilt art, with more than half of the Walsh quilts on view,” Dr. Sider offers.
“Artists in the exhibition include renowned makers whose careers span four decades, as well as emerging artists championed by Mr. Walsh.”
Mr. Walsh began purchasing studio art quilts in 1992, spurred on by a BBC program featuring noted quilt artist Michael James. Of the 100 quilts in the collection (which grows by four or five works per year), many are on the theme of water.
It’s a subject close to Walsh’s heart as the retired CEO of Waltron LLC, manufacturer of water analysis and purification devices used in countries around the world. Walsh spent a total of 55 years with the firm and now has the title of Chairman Emeritus. Twenty four of the quilts on display at the Museum feature that theme, some specially commissioned by Walsh.
The list of artists for this spectacular exhibition reads like a “Who’s Who” of contemporary quilt art, including Michael James, Therese May, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Nancy Crow, Linda Colsh, Velda Newman, Susan Shie, Arydyth Davis, and Robin Schwalb.
“We’re thrilled to showcase this preeminent contemporary quilt art collection at the Museum. It will be the first time many visitors have the chance to see it, and that chance may not come again soon,” say Museum co-founders Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes. “And the contrast with our restored 19th century buildings should be visually exciting,”
Generous contributors to an IndieGoGo campaign helped raise the $4,500 cost to ship the quilts to the non-profit Texas Quilt Museum.
Lay of the Land by Valerie S. Goodwin, 54" X 84" triptych
The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. It opened in 2011 and is housed in two 19th-century buildings in the Historic District of La Grange. Its restoration has won both Preservation Texas and Main Street awards. The Museum complex also includes a period Texas garden with a monumental 13’ x 85’ outdoor mural, Quilts: History in the Making, as its focal point. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org
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